History | Colloquium United States History
H650 | 2793 | Grossberg


A portion of the above section reserved for majors.
Above section meets with LAW

TOPIC:  CHILDREN AND THE LAW IN MODERN AMERICA

The course will be a seminar designed to examine the legal
construction of childhood from the late nineteenth century to the
present.  The examination will take two primary forms.  First, a
series of books and articles will be used to explore the changing
legal context of childhood during these years.  Topics to be
discussed include child custody, tort, juvenile delinquency,
disability, child abuse, and civic rights.  These topics will be
examined chronologically as well as in terms of other relevant
variables such as race, gender, class, and region.  Second, each
student will develop a research project that investigates some aspect
of children and the law during the period under study.  The projects
will supplement the collective work of the seminar by allowing each
student to examine in greater detail a topic of her or his choice.
Together the collective and individual activities of the seminar will
acquaint students with the central developments and recurring issues
in this body of law over the least century.